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Russia - One last Time
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The gateway to Russia Altai
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First snow of the season next morning
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Beautiful
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Luckily it didn't last too long
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Back in Kosh-Agach
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Stunning fall colors along the Chuysky Trakt
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Finally a creek and a bit of sun...
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...perfect to do some maintenance
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Early morning muffler repair
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Russians love their banyas- so much to even take a portable one the trip
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09.21.2018 Novosibirsk to Volgograd 014
With 6000mi through Russia ahead we better get going at sunrise
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And stop for fast food
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And skip the church visits
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Not much going on besides endless fields and birch forests
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WW II is still omni-present
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The same scenery a couple of thousand miles later
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A local cemetery always makes for a quiet overnight spot
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Restaurants along the road for every taste
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Fields of sunflowers almost ready to harvest
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Holy water for the tank
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Fields and fields of water melons
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For sale everywhere along the road
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In addition you can buy a handmade broom
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Finally reaching Volgograd, still better known as Stalingrad
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Mother Russia on the Mamaev Kurgan Hill, the site of fierce fighting
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A memorial to all who died in this victorious fight
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The Pantheon, inscribed with 7200 names of soldiers on the wall
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Over one million Russians died here in battle in WW II
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The site is covered with statues...
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...but the centerpiece is the 83m high statue of Mother Russia
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...which needed a bit of color :-)
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Russian women are always very stylish and chic
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View over the Volga River and the football arena
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The Battle of Stalingrad Museum
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Leaving Volgograd early in the morning
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The town of Elista- the captial of Kalmykia
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Home of Europe's only Buddhist republic
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Endless steppe
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A little faded, but still working
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Many police checkpoints as we get closer to the Caucasus Region
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One last WW II memorial
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First glimpse of the Caucasus mountains
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Found a good place to wash the van...with more soap we could handle!
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Passing the long truck line at the border to Georgia
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